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Barber remanded for possessing pistol, mask and live cartridges

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A barber arrested for allegedly possessing a locally manufactured pistol, a face mask and five live cartridges on board a taxi at Spintex in Accra has been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court.

Daniel Martey charged with preparation to commit crime to wit robbery and possession of firearms without authority, pleaded not guilty before the court presided over Mr Aboagye Tandoh.

Martey is expected to reappear on February 14.

Prosecuting, Superintendent of Police Patience Mario told the court that the complainants are Police Officers from the National headquarters Combat Patrol Unit, while Martey resides at Madina.

Supt. Mario said on January 16, this year, at about 0130 hours the complainants were on a snap check duty at Coca-Cola Roundabout on the Spintex road when they intercepted a Nissan Almera taxi cab with registration number GW 5643-13.

Prosecution said on board the taxi were Martey, three others including the driver and one escapee who Martey gave his name as Awudu.

During a search, a face mask and a torch light were found in the pocket of Martey which raised the suspicion of the complainants.

Supt. Mario said the Police officers conducted an intensive search and a polythene bag containing a locally manufactured pistol, another face mask and five live cartridges was found under the seat of Martey.

The Prosecution said the officers arrested Martey but Awudu, his accomplice escaped, he was then sent to the Baatsona Police Station and during interrogation he said the items found in the polythene belong to Awudu.

According to prosecution, Martey said they were on their way to Awudu’s abode at Spintex.

The Prosecution said Martey however failed to assist the Police to identify the house of Awudu.

Prosecution said the Police have mounted a man hunt for Awudu.

Source: GNA

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